Description : Celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind with this fully authorized behind-the-scenes book exploring the creation, production, and legacy of this iconic film. Created in conjunction with Sony Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Visual History details the complete creative journey behind the making of the film and examines its cultural impact. Featuring rare and never-before-seen imagery from the archives, the book brings together a stunning collection of on-set photography, concept art, storyboards, and more to create a visual narrative of the film’s journey to the big screen. It also features a wealth of insightful commentary from every key player involved in the film, from the acclaimed director himself to the film’s stars and the key department heads who brought Spielberg’s vision to life. Special inserts and interactive elements include script pages, call lists, concept sketches, and more. Comprehensive, compelling, and filled with unseen treasures, Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Ultimate Visual History is a fitting tribute to one of history’s most iconic films.
Description : The actor's diary offers a behind-the-scenes look at Steven Spielberg at work and a portrait of the legendary Franðcois Truffaut.
Description : (Applause Books). "Morton has written the definitive book on this innovative movie by Steven Spielberg...Meticulous research of this caliber is not found in other books on Close Encounters . Fans will find Morton's take informative and fascinating." Library Journal . Steven Spielberg's 1977 masterpiece used all of the power and magic of cinema to tell a story of man's first meeting with extraterrestrial beings. Renouncing the fear and pessimism of the day, writer/director Spielberg boldly envisioned this as a peaceful, spiritual event full of hope and possibility. This awe-inspiring message made a powerful impact on audiences desperate for something to believe in. The film was a massive box-office hit and revolutionized the movie industry; along with Star Wars , it helped to create the modern blockbuster and ushered in a new era of hi-tech effects. Based on in-depth research and the recollections of many of the film's principal creators, Close Encounters is the first book to chronicle the making of this classic film from its inception through its tumultuous production to its many releases in "special" editions. The book features new interviews with star Teri Garr, producer Michael Phillips, photographic effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull, production designer Joe Alves, and several cinematographers, screenwriters, and special-effects legends. John Hill, Jerry Belson, Hal Barwood, and Matthew Robbins; and special effects legends Richard Yuricich, Robert Swarthe, Dennis Muren, Scott Squires, Greg Jein, and Rocco Gioffre.
Description : For many, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (CE3K) is not so much a movie as a religious experience. On its release in 1977, CE3K virtually redefined the science fiction film, shifting it away from spaceships, laser guns, and bug-eyed monsters into a modified form of science fiction that John Wyndham once called ‘logical fantasy’. What would it be like if extra-terrestrials made contact with people on Earth? How would it feel? Like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Steven Spielberg’s primary inspiration, CE3K is concerned with mankind’s evolution towards the stars, towards a state of transcendence. But Spielberg’s vision hinges not so much on cool scientific intellect being the key to our next stage of evolution, as on the necessary development of emotional intelligence. To that end, we must regain our childlike curiosity for what lies beyond the skies, we must recover our capacity to experience wonder. Intensity of emotion is inherent to the film’s meaning, and the aim of this book is to explore this in detail. Along the way it delves into the film’s production history, explores Spielberg’s remarkable cinematic realisation of the film (including a comparison study of the three different release versions), and considers in detail how CE3K fits into the Spielberg oeuvre.
Description : According to Paranormal-Encylopedia.com:The term close encounter was coined by American astronomer and ufologist Josef Allen Hynek (1910 - 1986) in his 1972 book The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry. Hynek proposed three types of close encounter:First Kind: Sighting of one or more UFOs at a distance of 500 feet or less.Second Kind: Sighting of a UFO with associated physical effects (e.g. heat, electrical interference, etc).Third Kind: Sighting of an animated being (presumably an alien but not specifically defined as such.) Since Hynek's original classification several more types have been suggested, although these are not universally recognized:Fourth Kind: Human abduction by an alien. May also include voluntary experiences.Fifth Kind: Voluntary bilateral contact between humans and extraterrestrials. It had been said that, although they had a horrible family life, Roy Neary's family deserved better than what they were given. Being a family man, I felt that Roy deserved a second chance, an opportunity to try and make things right for his family and for himself. This rendering is based on the family values put forth by Stephen Spielberg while speaking about the movie and novel Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: "That was 1977. So I wrote that blithely. Today, I would never have the guy leaving his family and going on the mother ship". There are many unknown forces from within and without that could destroy Roy's quest to return to Earth and to his family. Getting home is just a small part of his dilemma. He also has to consider the attitudes of the people that he desperately wants to reconcile with. The story before you is about aliens, U.F.O.s, volcanic eruptions, airplane crashes, laser attacks, betrayal, murder attempts, mental breakdowns, abductions, rescues, and, let's not forget, cowboys, horses, hillbilly deer hunters, and rats. This narrative is also about the human condition - obsession, abandonment, loss, anger, reconciliation, and vindication. Above all, it is about the glue that binds it all together - love, for ultimately true love conquers all.
Description : A series of in-depth examinations of the motion picture many consider to be Hollywood's finest western film.